Johnny Rutherford excited about twin races


FORT WORTH -- Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford said Wednesday that he's excited that the IZOD IndyCar Series is returning to its roots with a doubleheader at TMS on June 11.

The Firestone Twin 275s will be the first time the series has held a doubleheader since 1981. It's happened 18 times in CART and USAC.

Rutherford was one of the few drivers to sweep a doubleheader, doing so at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1979. He didn't think it required any kind of different strategy once the races began.

"It’s two races; it's that simple," Rutherford said. "Where you start the second one is a different concept (when Rutherford drove the grid was based on the first race, but at TMS it is a blind draw), but you still go out and put your best foot forward and when the green flags drop, you go for it. If you’re fortunate enough to have everything go your way, you win that first one and keep going."

BTW, Rick Mears also swept a doubleheader in Atlanta. He did it in 1981, the last time a doubleheader was run.